Audio-visual Post Production

This course offers meaningful upskilling in digital media skills in an area of strategic economic, social and cultural need in Northern Ireland.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Audiovisual Post-production. This qualification will be of interest to filmmakers, broadcast professionals and creative industries professionals who wish to improve their technical skills and knowledge of current industry practice in the area of post-production, or move into a different area of the creative industries.

Course Structure
The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete three core taught modules (60 CATS points). These are assessed via practical projects with accompanying reflective journals.

Audio-Visual Post Production Highlights
Arts and Humanities is in the top 200 THE Subject Rankings 2023.
Industry Links
• The program fosters links between academia and industry professionals. Guest creative industry professionals deliver talks on best practice and staff facilitate live Q&A events.

Career Development
• This course offers meaningful upskilling in digital media skills in an area of strategic economic, social and cultural need in Northern Ireland.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

Learning and Teaching

All lectures and workshops are recorded and shared via our VLE (virtual learning environment). These are supported by live online Q&A sessions as well as industry professional talks and discussions.

Subjects taught

Core Modules (all 20 CATS points):
Deliverables (compulsory)
This module provides an introduction to the professional process of outputting finished audiovisual media in a range of deliverable formats suitable for contemporary broadcast or web-based streaming in line with current industry practice. On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of online editing processes, picture lock, and the process of outputting completed audiovisual work.

Editing (compulsory)
This module provides a range of core video editing skills and critical approaches to current industry standard postproduction principles, techniques and workflows. On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the various tenets of organising and editing video footage, including understanding video capture, the application of industry standard editing software, an awareness of storytelling, an ability to problem solve and make informed creative decisions for visual editing and a critical awareness of current industry practices.

Post-production Sound (compulsory)
This module introduces the fundamental principles of professional audio editing and mixing practices for visual media. On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate critical knowledge of the different stages of audio post-production; application of industry standard audio software for post-production; an ability to make informed creative decisions for dialogue and music editing; and a critical awareness of current industry practice.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.2 UK honours-equivalent degree in any discipline, or appropriate work experience for those who can demonstrate an understanding of audiovisual media and/or have prior experience in creating audiovisual material (Assessed using the RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning) framework. Please visit for more information).

In addition to the above qualification requirements, all applicants will also be required to provide a link to a completed video in any style, genre, or form (up to 3 mins duration) which demonstrates their prior experience of creating audio-visual media. The video for assessment should be uploaded to an external hosting site such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox or equivalent. A link to the video must be provided in the 'additional information' section of the application form and this link should remain live to assessors until assessments are completed and decisions returned. Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the video is accessible to view or download via the link provided and that the uploaded video is not locked or password protected.

Places available on this programme are limited. Where there are more eligible applications received than places available, the academic selectors for this programme will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided in each application. We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. Please see the following link for further information:

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Application dates

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th August 2023 at 12 noon.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.

New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen's student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.

If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.

Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.


10 weeks (Full Time)

Contact Teaching Hours
Large Group Teaching
9 (hours maximum)
There are approximately 3 hours of online lectures, 3 hours of workshops and 3 hours of live contact time via Q and A per week. All lectures and workshop are pre-recorded and made accessible via our Virtual Learning Platform CANVAS.

Teaching Times
Live synchronous teaching sessions are typically on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening.

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Career Prospects
This Postgraduate Certificate will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to continue or transition into the creative industries. To date, graduates of the course have been employed by a range of media and marketing companies, progressed within their current employment or expanded their freelance practice. Graduates have also progressed onto further postgraduate taught programs.

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Daytime

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